I’m fascinated with Canada Geese. There are many of them along my walking paths, they’re big and beautiful, and they usually don’t startle or move too quickly, so they’re much easier to photograph with a phone camera than smaller birds.

Aside from loving to photograph them, the more I research them, the more I come to appreciate them. For instance, I learned today that if they make it through their first year of life, Canada Geese can live up to 24 years in the wild.

On a recent power walk alongside the river, I caught a few shots of this pair, but my feature photo is my favourite from that day. I posted this on Facebook and asked how my friends would caption it. Many of the comments were hilarious.

In the end, I chose my own caption to title this post. That’s because the first thing I thought of when I reviewed this photo was the number of times this has happened when hubs and I have been on the road – specifically in cities.

After correcting the white balance and some other minor edits in Snapseed, I thought I’d try black and white, just to change it up a bit from my many Canada Geese photos. Below is the original, which seems to be pretty monochromatic anyways with all of the browns. Which do you prefer?

“This morning I stopped to watch the geese fly, even though I didn’t have the time to do so. And I realized that not having the time to do something might be the very reason why I need to do it.”

Craig D. Lounsbrough